Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank and six other organisations has held a career fair for persons with disabilities on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, in Accra.
The fair offered some 80 graduates with disabilities the opportunity to meet with employers from the private sector who assessed them for possible employment.
The Federation had earlier sent the CVs of the shortlisted job seekers to the employers for screening ahead of the event.
The fair included a forum for persons with disabilities, the National Council on Persons with Disability and others, to educate employers on the need to employ persons with disabilities, how to make their work environments accessible to them, as well as how to relate with them.
Standard Chartered Bank was highly praised for employing persons with disabilities over the years, and also for assisting the disability community in Ghana in many ways. Other companies have been urged to emulate their example.
GFD is the national umbrella organisation of organisations of persons with disabilities in Ghana. It champions engagements towards assuring the rights of persons with disabilities to access education, employment, health, economic welfare, recreation, the built environment, justice, information and governance.
The organisation, through similar activities in the past secured jobs for several persons with disabilities, with some on mentorship and internship programmes.
The Executive Director of GFD, Madam Rita Kusi Kyeremaa disclosed that the organisation was working on securing jobs for over 150 persons with disabilities before the next fair in 2023.
There will be another programme for persons with disabilities who are into entrepreneurship, according to Madam Kusi Kyeremaa.
Employment is one of the many challenges faced by persons with disabilities in Ghana, resulting in a high level of poverty within the disability community.
The applicants were excited about the initiative, with some calling for it to be held on a regional basis to enable more persons with disabilities across the country to benefit.
The other organising partners of the fair include the United Nations in Ghana, UKAid,, Limitless, British, Altrustic Fooundation and Planned Parenthood Association (PPAG).